On Seiden's birthday, I went and got her birthday donuts for breakfast! I always wake up a couple of hours before Seiden gets up. One, so I can get a couple of things done while the house is still quite and not bustling. And, two, because I enjoy sitting on the couch with my fur babies catching up on The Vampire Diaries while watching the sunrise before everyone else wakes up. So, when I left to get Seiden donuts, she was still sound asleep. I left the monitor on, turned it up so Cody could hear it, and went to Jack and Jill for some birthday donuts. I also got a couple of chocolate glazed ones for Cody and a half dozen donut holes to split between the fur babies. For Seiden, I got a white iced sprinkled donut and a blueberry cake donut. When I got home, she was still sound asleep (it wasn't even 7...so no surprise there!). So, I went in our room and turned off the monitor and then I gave our fur babies their little treat from the donut shop. They, of course, loved them! Such sweet babies to share in Seiden's birthday breakfast :-)
About 7:30, I heard the sweetest little voice "talking" to her stuffed animals in her crib. I peeped in her room and there she sat holding her bunny and just babbling to it. I stood there and watched her for a few minutes. I stand over her a lot and watch her sleep. She just looks so angelic and is so peaceful and relaxed. But, it was so cute to watch her just sit in he crib and be content and play with her stuffed animals. At one point, she was rocking her bunny. Which, she does a lot with her baby dolls and stuffed animals. It was just so sweet to peep in on her when she had no idea I was there. But, then, she saw me. And, I got the biggest smile, giggle, and excited squeal out of her. It was so sweet. She popped right up, had her hands on the railing of her crib, and was bouncing up and down. I walked right up to her reached in to get her and her sweet, little arms reached up for me. She wrapped her arms around my neck and I just squeezed her. I took in her sweet smell, kissed her soft little cheek, buried my nose in her neck, and we just stood there and swayed back and forth for a good minute or two. She was so content to be in my arms and all snuggled in. I will never forget this moment on her very first birthday. I didn't get to hold her the day she was born. In fact, I didn't get to hold her until she was 12 days old. I know she doesn't remember that, but I do. And anytime she just wants me hold her, I will do it until my arms fall off. I have carried her around the house while cooking, cleaning, changing clothes, brushing my teeth, feeding the dogs, etc. Cody offers to take her when he's home. But, I never want him to unless it's dangerous or I'm about to take a shower or something. I've never said it out loud, but maybe that's why I don't mind it so much. I know it was only 12 days, but they were long. And just being in the moment in her room on her first birthday with her in my arms when it was just us two was just about the most perfect and sweetest way to start off celebrating her first birthday.
I got her all changed and ready to eat some of her nutritious birthday breakfast. She was super excited when she saw her birthday donuts. The girl loves her some carbs and sweets! I still had the "I Am One" sign on her high chair...so it was so fitting that she sit in that and eat her birthday breakfast. I thought about getting some chocolate milk for her to try. But...I didn't want to go overboard. Or for her to get a stomach ache...or be on some crazy sugar high! She ate about a half of the blueberry cake donut and a little more than a fourth of the sprinkled one. I'd say that was a pretty successful dent in both of those donuts! The girl can eat :-) She also drank a ton of milk...so she got some vitamins and nutrients added in there. Oh...she also shared some of her donuts with the puppies. She thinks it's hilarious to feed them. She thinks it's even more funny to try to be sneaky about it when she thinks you're not looking. Oh my! After breakfast, Cody was still asleep, so we marched across the street to see Opa and Bella and play over there for a bit before her morning nap. My dad makes an egg for her every morning. And on her birthday, it was no different! I thought she might not be hungry since she had just devoured those donuts. But, she proved me wrong. She didn't eat it all, but she at about half. Then, we played for about 30 minutes before heading home. Cody was up when we got home and had all her fun, new toys out for her to play with. We played with her until about 9 when she started getting sleepy. So, we laid her down for her morning nap and she slept until her Auntie Chrissy, Richard, Airicka, Eli, and Aaron came over for a visit and to give her her birthday present.
When I went in to wake her up, she had the craziest nap hair! It was everywhere! I brought her around the corner and she was excited to see everyone. Plus...I had to show them her nap hair...so cute! After her diaper change, we went in the living room and played with everyone for a little bit. Auntie Chrissy and her family were heading back to Del Rio because Aaron had a soccer game at 4...so we hung out with them and played before they headed home. They got her an adorable Cabbage Patch baby doll that she got so excited about and was rocking after we got it opened for her. Then, she and Aaron played and we got to visit for a little bit. It was nice to just hang out and relax after being so crazy busy the day before with her birthday party going on! We got to spend about 30 minutes catching up while the kids played. Then, it was time for them to head back to Del Rio so they could make it back in time for Aaron's soccer game. And...we had lunch reservations at Perini's at 11:30!!! YUMMY!!!!!
We couldn't think of a better place to celebrate Seiden's first birthday than by taking her to lunch at the best steakhouse on the planet. It was also my Mimi's 91st birthday...she and Seiden are birthday partners! She loves Perini's too and doesn't get to eat there very often. So, it was the perfect place for two very special birthday girls! Everything at Perini's is heavenly. But, their Sunday buffet is something to make a special trip out there for...for anything! We ordered Seiden a grilled cheese and I ordered their mesquite grilled chicken off their regular menu. Everyone else had the buffet...and dessert of course! Lunch was to die for...duh!!! And...when we were walking out to our cars...the longhorns were up by the fence. Michael works out there and was saying how friendly they were...except for one. And, wouldn't you know that that was the one that was closest to the fence?!? We got pretty close and realized really quickly that he was definitely not the friendliest of the bunch. He was stopping and shaking his head at us. But, he was just so pretty. We got as close as we could to him and snapped a few pics before heading home. The birthday princess was sound asleep by the time we got home. So, she took a good, long afternoon nap before our evening festivities!
After Seiden wok up from her nap, we took her out to the pumpkin patch. We had already been out there once. But, we didn't get any pumpkins. Plus, we thought it would be fun to go out there as a family and get some pictures of her on her birthday and with all of us. We picked out 3 pumpkins to represent Cody, me, and Seiden. And, we got 3 little baby pumpkins to represent our sweet fur babies. Seiden loved the pumpkin patch and seeing all the other kids out there. It was a fun family trip and we got some adorable pictures of her out there!
We didn't really have big dinner plans. Honestly, we had so much food left over from the party, we just decided to make leftovers out of them. So, after we got home, Seiden played with all her new toys for a little while and we just sat back and watched her have the best time. My parents came over to eat with us and Seiden had a ball eating all kinds of yummy food. She gobbled up sausage balls, little smokies, cheese, turkey, carrots, and of course, TONS of her cake and cupcakes! Little girl LOVES to eat...and can eat a ton! After dinner, we let Seiden open up the special presents we had gotten her. She obviously had some presents to open up at her party from us, my parents, and my brother. But...we HAD to get her something extra special that she would always have to remember turning one year old. Cody and I thought and thought and thought about what to get her. We wanted to get her something that she would always have and could keep forever or pass down someday. Over the summer, I called Busch Jewelers and talked to Ed about what to get her and some ideas I had. He suggested something that I completely fell in love with. We got her a tiny white gold ring with one tiny diamond mounted on the center of the band. It is absolutely gorgeous. Perfect, dainty, and completely perfect for such a special little girl. My parents, brother, and Mimi got her a gorgeous James Avery charm bracelet and they each picked out a different charm to go on it. Something that she will also have forever and can add to it someday. We also got her a Build-A-Bear that Amie (my BFF from college and the best SIS ever!!!), my mom, and I made her over the summer. I actually meant to have it wrapped for her to open at her party and didn't even remember to get it out of my secret present hiding place until Amie mentioned it as she and her mom and precious baby Holden when they were leaving her party. Total mommy fail!!! Thanks sis for reminding me or I probably would have forgotten all together! Haha!!! I think it's safe to say that our little princess had a fabulous Royal Princess birthday party and a very special day on her birthday filled with love and family.
Seiden Grace...I hope you know how very special you are to us. From the day you were born, you have completed our family and filled our hearts with more love than you will ever know. You have been through so much in your precious little life and you have conquered it all. You have beat the odds, crushed expectations, overcome more obstacles in one year than many of us do our whole lives, proven the power of prayer to be unstoppable, brought people closer to God, and you are a testimate to God's miraculous healing. You are stronger than anyone I know and your will and determination simply amaze me. You are the most perfect little girl and I am in complete and utter awe of you. I am beyond thankful that God chose me to be your mommy. I hope that you will always know that I am here for you and I will do anything for you. But more than that, I hope you know that your heavenly Father created you and loves you and He will meet your every need and be there for you in ways that you couldn't even imagine. Your Father created you for greatness and I know you are destined to do marvelous things for His Kingdom. I am so proud of you and I just can't tell you enough how much love my heart holds for you. You bless me more than you will ever know and that I could ever put in to words. Thank you so much for being our little princess and for coming into this world and changing our lives forever. We love you SO much!!! Happy First Birthday Seiden Grace!!!